Yo-Yo Styles

Single Handed (1A)

Single Handed Yo-Yos are mostly wide, butterfly shaped Yo-Yos. This is to enable the Yo-Yo to land on the string with ease when performing string tricks. Single Handed Yo-Yos can come in either Metal, Plastic or Wood, and can be responsive or unresponsive.


Double Handed Looping (2A)

Double Handed Looping Yo-Yos are slim, traditional shaped Yo-Yos. This is to enable the Yo-Yo to be able to loop consistently. Double Handed Looping Yo-Yos usually come in Plastic, and are always responsive.


Double Handed String (3A)

Double Handed String Yo-Yos are wide, butterfly shaped Yo-Yos just like Single Handed Yo-Yos. This is to enable the Yo-Yo to land on the string with ease when performing string tricks. Double Handed String Yo-Yos can come in either Metal or Plastic, and are mostly unresponsive.

Offstring (4A)

Offstring Yo-Yos are big, wide, butterfly shaped Yo-Yos that are in a class of its own. This is to enable the Yo-Yo to land on the string with ease when tossing the Yo-Yo high in the air or around the body. Offstring Yo-Yos come in hard Plastic as they are bound to drop frequently, and are mostly responsive with a narrow bearing gap. For this style of play, you do not tie/loop the string onto the yo-yo.


Counterweight (5A)

Counterweight Yo-Yos are mostly wide, butterfly shaped Yo-Yos. This is to enable the Yo-Yo to land on the string with ease when performing string tricks with the Counterweight in motion. Counterweight Yo-Yos can come in either Metal or Plastic, and are usually unresponsive. For this style of play, you do not tie the string to your finger, but to a Counterweight like a Dice or Ball instead.

Adjusting String Length

Step 1

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  • Measure

    Place the yo-yo on the floor and pull the string up till it reaches your belly button.

step 2

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  • Cut

    Cut off the access string after measuring length from floor to belly button.

Step 3

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  • Tie

    You’ll need to tie a Dead Knot on your string by bending the string as such, and then holding the string together pretending it is just one single string.

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  • Dead Knot

    When tying the Dead Knot, your string should look like this, folding (a) underneath before going over into that loop where the (arrow) is pointed at.

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  • Complete

    Your completed Dead Knot should look like this. Once here, tighten the knot.

Step 4

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  • String Loop

    Your completed string loop should look just like this. But before you start throwing your yo-yo around, you’ll need to make the Slip Knot first.

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  • Slip…

    Insert the string from the bottom of the String Loop, through the String Loop.

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  • …knot

    Now, pull the inserted string that is through the Loop, lengthening it to make a bigger loop. This adjustable Loop is a Slip Knot, and the arrow points to where you will tie the string onto your finger.

Step 5

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  • Tighten

    Place your finger into the Slip Knot loop, and tighten the string onto your finger. Now, you are good to go!

Attaching A Counterweight

Step 1

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  • SETUP

    Get a Counterweight and a Yo-Yo String ready.


Step 2

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  • INSERT

    Put the end of the string through the Counterweight hole.


Step 3

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  • HOLD

    Hold both ends of the string, with the Counterweight hanging in the middle.


Step 4

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  • THREAD

    Thread the end of the string through the looped end of the string (similar to how you would do a Slip Knot).


Step 5

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  • PULL

    Pull the end of the string, letting the looped end tighten onto the Counterweight. After this, attach the string onto your yo-yo and you are good to go!

Setting It Offstring

Step 1

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  • REMOVE

    Remove the string if it is tied to the yo-yo. Then, hold the string end onto the side of the yo-yo, just like how you would wind up an unresponsive yo-yo.

step 2

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  • WIND

    Wind up the string just like a regular yo-yo.

Step 3

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  • DONE

    After winding, you are done. If there is a short string segment dangling out from the wound yo-yo, fret not. You can proceed to throw it Offstring as planned!

Cleaning Your Bearings


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STEP 1


Use a Multitool / Bearing Remover / Pliers to remove the bearing from the yo-yo carefully.



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STEP 2


Throw the bearing into a mini jar / container and fill it with Lighter Fluid.

**WARNING: Do handle Lighter Fluid with care!**


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STEP 3


Ensure that the Lighter Fluid covers the bearing.



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STEP 4


Cover the jar / container and let the bearing soak in the Lighter Fluid. You can give the jar a good shake to ensure the bearing is thoroughly cleaned in the fluid.


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STEP 5


After a couple of minutes, remove the bearing from the jar with a pair of tweezers.


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STEP 6


Use some paper towels to dab the bearing dry. Once dry, replace the bearing into the yo-yo and either add some Lube, or just proceed to start Spinning.

Lubing Your Bearings


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PREPARATIONS


Grab your yo-yos that you wish to add Lube to, be it String yo-yos or Looping yo-yos, and get the right Lube for the job.



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LUBING 1A YO-YOS


For String yo-yos, grab your yo-yo and some THIN / LONG SPIN Lube. Add a single drop into the bearing and you are good to go!


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LUBING 2A YO-YOS (PART 1)


For Looping yo-yos, grab your yo-yo and some THICK / RESPONSIVE Lube. Remove the bearing from the yo-yo and add a single drop onto the metal axle (close to the Spacer).


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LUBING 2A YO-YOS (PART 2)


Next, replace the bearing onto the yo-yo and flood the bearing with Singer Oil. Be careful not to get any of the Oil onto the yo-yo body or response system. If it does get onto the yo-yo body, clean it up to ensure the yo-yo does not ‘slip’ during looping. After this, pit the yo-yo together and you are good to go!

Resources


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Spinworkx First Mount


Click the Link for the Playlist of the Trick Tutorial Videos.
First Mount Playlist


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Throw Revolution X Spinworkx Tutorials


Click the Link for the Playlist of the Trick Tutorial Videos.
Trick Tutorial Playlist

Frequently Asked Questions